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  1. A really strange thing happened to me last week. I bought, what might be, my last gun. I grew up with guns. Got my first shotgun when I was old enough to hunt with my dad. Bought "my" first rifle at 14 and my first handgun at 21. Almost 30 years ago, used to bring all of my college friends down to the family farm on weekends to go shooting. The point is, I've always been kind of a gun guy. Then in 2008 there was lots of talk about taking away my guns. I got super interested in firearms. I started buying guns, taking new shooters shooting, even dabbled in a new start-up gun activist group - which never got off the ground, donated to the various gun organizations, and became a certified firearms instructor. I went from "kind of a gun guy" to "the gun guy" and my gun safes and bumper stickers prove it. For the last 10 years, I've had these shifting categories in my head of the various types of guns I needed to own. I slowly picked up new and used guns all over NJ and PA to fill in the blanks. The last one on my bucket list was a Beretta 92 9mm. I picked that gun up from the shop a week ago. I walked the package back to my truck, sat down, and realized that I was done. It was a very strange revelation. I'm sure that someday I'll buy something again. I'll keep my range membership and have already tentative schedules to take a group from work to shoot clays and a woman in my church wants to go shooting when the weather cools down. This week I'll be in VA and plan to stop at the NRA museum on my ride back to shoot at their range. So, I'm still kind of a gun guy but the intensity has definitely dropped down a couple of notches. Honestly, it's a strange feeling. I'm looking for a new hobby.
  2. I've used Bondo on wood lots of times on commercial construction projects. I've used it under Formica to get a flat, smooth surface. I've used it on intricate trim details where something was curved or round and making round trim was impossible on site. I've used it like spackle to repair gouges and voids in historical trim that we wanted to save instead of replace. And I've used it for exactly what you're doing. Patch a spot and "spackle" the gaps and voids with bondo. Cover with paint and it will last forever. Two tips: (1) Work in shallow layers of about 1/4" thick. You can build up layers but if you try to put it on too thick in one layer, it can pop out when you're shaping it. and (2) Add too little instead of too much. It's much, much easier to add a little as another layer than to have to sand some off.
  3. Beware of the human need to always figure out who's fault something is. I have heard lots of people say "somebody needs to be held accountable!". That's not always true. Sometimes accidents are just accidents and nobody is accountable.
  4. I've bought from TR a couple of times. I don't do it anymore. There were no problems but it's just more work having to order online from one company and then coordinate with a local shop to install what I bought. I don't think I saved more than a couple of dollars either. I compare warranties. I assume that the tire will last as long as the warranty lasts. If a 60,000 mile warranty tire costs 50% more than a 40,000 mile tire I consider them to be the same value.
  5. The law already has this figured out. There are different degrees of "murder", manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter. The difference is in the premeditation and the intent of your actions.
  6. If the election was today, I agree. Republicans gain seats. Incumbents (and their parties) win elections when the economy is good or if we're winning (or appear to be winning) a war. Incumbents lose elections when the economy is poor or if we're losing a war (or in one for too long without winning). Right now the economy is great. And, we aren't at war but we're besting all of the countries on our short list of potential enemies. Right now, Republican wins look likely. But a lot can happen in the next few months.
  7. I really dislike Kavanaugh's history on the 4th amendment. He has ruled in favor of the government in some search and seizure and privacy cases where I would have gone 180º the other way. I wonder if Kavanaugh is the compromise candidate and the others on the list (like my favorite: Hardiman) are on the list as a threat to the democrats. I hope Kavanaugh isn't confirmed and we can move onto one of the others.
  8. This was just 2 judges. It's possible that there are two judges who actually consider the facts on the 9th circuit.
  9. It costs $2 per permit. How many did you pay for?
  10. I know that NJ law limits FFL's to conducting business only at the location of the FFL business. That's why NJ will never have gun shows. But, does that also apply to purchasing firearms. If a widow wanted to sell her husband's collection, can an FFL holder visit her home and make her an offer or will she need to bring the guns into the shop?
  11. I have no idea if Bob is for or against carry. I think the anti-Bob Viden sentiment started during the impeach Sweeney event. Some organizers from the event stopped into the shop to ask the shop to pass out fliers or something like that. The shop was not interested in helping organize and even expressed that they thought the idea wan't a good one. To some, that made Bob the enemy of the second amendment. I'm in the area. I'm pretty in touch with lots of gun owners around, and this thread is the first I've heard that he's anti carry. He may be, but it's not something I've heard others talk about.
  12. NJSP combined the most restrictive parts of state law and federal law. The problem is that Troopers and many other departments use this information as guidance and will end up arresting people who are following NJ law because the NJSP is giving out false information.
  13. Thank you.
  14. Apparently Banger's Sports shop has a sign on the door that they are temporarily closed because of an emergency but will reopen "shortly". I don't know when shortly is. Was planning to stop out there next week.
  15. Debt is a wealth killer. Avoid debt whenever possible. I believe this so strongly that I would recommend college part time, county college, trade school, or some other path than graduating with debt. If she only needs a couple of thousand more, she can easily cover that with a part time job. The lessons learned from having a job are probably going to be more valuable than the lessons learned in class. When she's finally done with school, employers will prefer a new grad who has work experience over one who doesn't. The work doesn't even need to be in her field. Just holding a job (or jobs) for 4 years gives a huge leg up.
  16. Imagine if Missouri had a law that it was a felony to have a red pen in your left pants pocket and having a red pen in your left pants pocket was an automatic 3-1/2 to 10 years in prison. Would you research pen carrying laws before visiting Missouri? I wouldn't think to do so. It's too silly to think that carrying a pen would be illegal. NJ's laws are that silly to the rest of the country. They don't fail to learn our laws as much as they just never imagine that such ridiculous laws could even exist.
  17. Oh, yuppie camping.
  18. Start your hike in Batsto Village. You'll hike 11 miles through the pine barrens to Atsion Lake. There are two camp grounds along the way. .One is called Lower Forge and it's primitive site. There is a second camp ground with a water pump but I can't remember the name. Trails are easy to follow and you have a river on both sides so it's just about impossible to get lost. Or... do the same journey the other direction (Atsion to Batsto) in a Canoe on the Mullica River. Canoe camping is great because you can carry lots and lots of gear, it's easier than walking, and it's fun. We've done this trip a dozen times. It will be very easy now because we've had so much rain. If it's been dry, it can be tough to get through a few low spots but it should be smooth sailing (no pun intended) now. You'll end up about a mile, maybe less, from Batsto. There is easy parking on both ends of the trip right where you launch the boat and right were you take out.
  19. I hate cleaning guns. Okay, hate is a strong word but I really don't like it. I'd pay a guy $50 to do it if my wealth wasn't tied up in groceries and the electric bill.
  20. I thought H&R went out of business but the H&R Pump shotguns seem to be available from most of the major retailers. They are supposed to be Chinese made clones of the Remington 870's. I know Remington owns the HR name now. I've found reviews online and they seem positive but I'm skeptical that a pump shotgun could be any good for a little over $150. On the one hand, it's only $150. On the other hand, I'd hate to throw $150 away. I'm sure that most of the answers will be "just spend the money on a _______". And, I know it won't be comparable to a Citori. But I would like to know if anyone actually owns one and are you glad or sad that you do.
  21. I would say yes. Their property, their rules. If I want to ban you from wearing a Hillary shirt on my property, I can do that. If I want to build a 55 and over community, a Republican only apartment building, or a building that only rents to Lutherans, that should be allowed. I know it isn't - but it should be. The problem for me is that you can't make a unilateral change to the lease agreement once it's signed. This ban wasn't part of the lease, it can't be added now.
  22. The royals are sort of like American celebrities who are famous just for being famous. Prince Harry, Kim Kardashian, Snookie, those wives from NJ - all the same to me. I'm reminded of the quote attributed to Eleanor Rosevelt: " Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."
  23. Since I managed athletic fields in a previous life, I gave some advice earlier. To be fair, my lawn is 1-1/2 acres and it is made up of several varieties of grass and lots of other green growing stuff that isn't grass. I'll spot kill broadleaf weeds when they start to take over the grass and I'll seed areas if they need it but I don't have irrigation so that really limits how great a lawn can look. And, to be frank, I don't really get the need to have a perfectly manicured lawn. Mostly it just gets mowed unless some area is really getting into bad shape.
  24. I managed athletic fields for several years. We had lots of fields with varying degrees of turf quality. Athletic fields are a little different than lawns because of the wear they get and nobody wants to play sports on 4" tall grass. But my advice is: Mow at the highest setting you can stand. Weeds will have to survive without sunlight as they try to grow to the top of the turf and many won't survive the wait. Water infrequently and deeply. This develops deep roots as the plant roots grow down to reach water. Deep roots help when you have a drought. It depends a lot on your soil but 1-1/4" per week is a good target. When it's 95º switch from 2 nights a week to 3 nights a week. Sandy soil that drains well (often too well) will need more water. Clay soils that don't drain well will need less. Water in the early morning. Having grass sit wet all night invites fungus to start growing. If your watering ends just as the sun is coming up, the sun will dry the blades. Don't bag clippings. Let the natural fertilizer return to the soil. 2,5-D applied once in the spring will keep most weeds away.
  25. I think you're being scammed. The law firm is probably real but some lawyers run scams under the guise of defending the innocent. You'll be approached about settling out of court. They aren't interested in going to court for $1,600. The lawyer won't make enough to actually do any prep work and to show up. But the lawyer will get a few hundred if they send you a few automated threatening letters and convince you to just settle for $800 to make this go away. I doubt that any attorney even saw this. The other driver got a form letter from this law firm telling them there would be big money if they called the 1-800 phone number. They plugged the info from the police report into the computer and that computer will send you threatening letters until they finally offer to settle - to go easy on you. You need to respond to everything because part of the scam is to get you to miss deadlines, fail to file the proper paperwork, etc. As for court - right and wrong won't have much to do with it. Unless it's wildly obvious who's at fault, the judge won't have any interest in trying to figure it out. He's got a stack of cases and the less time he spends trying to figure out yours, the sooner he gets to go golfing.